‘The Voice’ finale: Chris Blue declared Season 12 champion over Lauren Duski in one of the closest votes ever

Chris Blue from Team Alicia Keys was declared the Season 12 winner of “The Voice” on Tuesday in one of the closest votes in the history of the series. The soul singer, who was the last contestant to perform and earn a spot during the blind auditions months ago, narrowly edged out country singer Lauren Duski from Team Blake Shelton. Blake’s teenage pop singer, Aliyah Moulden, finished in third while Team Adam Levine’s Jesse Larson took fourth place. Gwen Stefani did not have a finalist in the running.

There was no shortage of superstars in attendance for the exciting two-hour live finale hosted by Carson Daly. With more collaborations than ever before, the evening felt more like an awards show than a singing competition. A-list entertainers from every genre of music, including former and future coaches, dropped in to contribute to a fun and memorable end to the season. Here’s our full recap of the results show.

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee kicked off the star-studded event by performing their chart-topping hit, “Despacito.” The two titans of Latin music were joined by Team Adam’s Mark Isaiah who stood in for Justin Bieber, who is featured on the recording of the chart-topper. Just moments later Team Gwen’s Brennley Brown joined one of the top-selling country groups of all time, Rascal Flatts, on their new single “Yours if You Want It.”

CeeLo Green joined Jesse from Team Adam for a funky collaboration of “Shining Star.” Throughout the season Adam referred to Jesse as “the white CeeLo” and it was quite surreal to see them actually perform together. Their similar tone and nearly identical body size truly did validate everything Adam had been saying. Following their performance Team Blake’s Lauren matched up with two-time Grammy winning country group Little Big Town. She seamlessly blended in like their fifth group member as they belted out their number one song, “Better Man.”

Gwen invited her former team member, Hunter Plake, back to perform her iconic song “Don’t Speak” with her. The two blended nicely in a haunting, scaled back version of the pop classic backed only by a piano and a quartet of strings. Up next, electronic music producer Zedd and Canadian pop singer Alessia Cara took the stage to promote their new song “Stay.”

In light of the recent tragedies in the news, eight-time Grammy winner and champion coach Usher joined Chris from Team Alicia hoping to lift up viewers with their rendition of “Everybody Hurts.” Alicia envisioned Chris modeling his career after the R&B superstar and the two worked as a cohesive unit in this moving tribute. They were followed up by country superstar Chris Stapleton belting out his powerful new single, “Either Way.”

After a pair of somber tunes, the Empress of Soul Gladys Knight came to lighten the mood with Team Blake’s TSoul and Team Alicia’s Vanessa Ferguson. The music legend invited the former contestants to join her for a medley of her hits including “The Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me” and “If I Was Your Woman.” The trio was followed up by a former coach with plans to return in the fall, Miley Cyrus. The pop star dedicated her performance of “Malibu” to her friend Ariana Grande and the victims of the recent bombing that followed Grande’s concert in Manchester.

Team Blake’s teenage pop singer Aliyah got an opportunity to sing with one of her favorite singers, Alessia Cara, who returned to the stage for a second performance. The pair teamed up for Cara’s number one hit, “Scars to Your Beautiful.” Their voices resemble one another and Aliyah held her own with the edgy hit-maker. The last performance of the night was saved for the newest member of “The Voice” family. Oscar and Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson came to check out her new office and show off her spine-tingling vocals on her single, “Remember Me.”

Hudson joined the UK installment of “The Voice” earlier this year and proved to be an instant success. In her first season as a coach she mentored the season’s winner, Mo Adeniran. She now hopes to continue her winning streak stateside this fall. She will face off against series mainstays Adam and Blake, as well as Miley who is returning for her second season in the big red chair.

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